La Bayadère 2020 – theatres remain closed in France …

During the past two weeks, the Paris Opera Ballet have been preparing for a "come-back" series of La Bayadère performances at Opéra Bastille. In French government's last press conference, Emmanuel Macron planned to reopen the cultural institutions including museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls on 15th December. After almost an entire year without performing on... Continue Reading →

“Confinement” in France

Today is already the third day of the new lockdown. The government announced on Wednesday evening a confinement for the whole country for at least 4 weeks, until 1st December. Unlike last time, this time the restrictions are much more flexible. While the non-essential shops (including bars and restaurants) must close down, the schools remain... Continue Reading →

Curfew in Paris…

This photo was taken earlier this week, it is how the mythical stage of the Palais Garnier looks like now due to the renovation. It was indeed a good decision of the Paris Opera to do the renovation of the two stages (Garnier and Bastille) in this period of uncertainty and when the performance schedule... Continue Reading →

An unforgettable gala in Nancy~

Just back from a roller-coaster weekend in Nancy. We had two performances on Saturday evening and Sunday matinée. The preparation of this gala had been especially complicated, we only had two weeks' time to rehearse, a program that we were supposed to do in March 2020, but it was then cancelled because of the lockdown... Continue Reading →

Back into the studios!

After almost three months, we are finally back into the studios for ballet classes today! The different services of the Palais Garnier gradually return to work one after another. Because the company has to make sure that everybody is not sick and is physically ready to start classes again, each dancer must have a medical... Continue Reading →

Second phase of de-confinement in France

Tomorrow, on 2nd June, France is going to enter the second phase of the de-confinement. This means the the remaining small businesses are opening again. On the other hand, the parks and gardens reopened already this weekend, and I couldn't resist having a walk in one of them. People seemed calmer. The usual aggressiveness and... Continue Reading →

Lockdown is lifted in France!

After almost two months of lockdown, the French can finally go out in public again. The whole period of lockdown lasted from 17th March to 11th May. We are going through a major challenge, especially for the health professionals who have been under extreme pressure in the hospitals, but also for many other industries and... Continue Reading →

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